By Bruce Carlson

I worked in technology, and mainframe computers, for the bulk of my working years. I understand how a computer works internally. It’s incredible how fast and how far we have evolved in technology over the last 50 years. In the last 12 years as Missions Coordinator, I have moved away from technology and all it brings.

I still have a reasonable understanding of technology, but I have to admit that internal works are becoming more and more of a mystery. As we have moved into our new home we have begun to consider today’s techno devices and what may we need to use to enjoy our new life in retirement.

Retirement doesn’t mean slowing down; it’s an opportunity to embrace the digital age and discover a world of senior-friendly technology products that make life easier, more connected, and downright enjoyable. From user-friendly smartphones to wearable health trackers (I have one), I’ve compiled, what I think is the ultimate list of the top 10 must-have tech products for seniors. So, I’ve got you covered whether you’re looking to stay connected with loved ones, explore new hobbies, or simply make everyday tasks a breeze. Let’s dive into the world of senior-friendly tech and unlock the endless possibilities that await!

Oh, before we get too far into things, I do have to admit I scratch my head and wonder if some of the items I found are really something I need. Don’t let my comments discourage you from looking deeper into something interesting.

Smartphones with Simplified Interfaces:

Let’s start with smartphones, I have an Android phone, that is as friendly and approachable as your favorite neighbor. Take, for instance, the Jitterbug Smart3, featuring a large and vibrant display, oversized buttons, and a simplified interface that makes staying connected a breeze. With this gem in your pocket, you’ll effortlessly call loved ones, send messages, and explore a world of apps tailored to your interests. I’m amazed at how people use their phones for all sorts of needs. In this case, a larger display and keyboard are pluses for me.

Easy-to-Use Tablets:

Have you ever used a tablet? Picture yourself comfortably lounging in your favorite chair, exploring the vast digital realm with a tablet designed especially for you. The GrandPad, with its intuitive touchscreen and user-friendly interface, opens the doors to a world of possibilities. This tablet will become your trusty companion, from reading e-books and catching up on the latest news to video chatting with grandchildren. Tablets are nice, but having to carry them around is a challenge. A phone I can put in my pocket, tablets not so much. I put them down and forgot where I left them.

Medical Alert Systems:

When it comes to peace of mind, Philips Lifeline GoSafe 2 has your back. This wearable device ensures your safety with its automatic fall detection and GPS tracking capabilities. With just a press of a button, help is on the way, granting you the confidence to navigate your daily activities worry-free. I’m not quite ready for one of these. Though we do know several people who do use them and it is an essential device for their safety.

Voice-Activated Smart Speakers:

Imagine having a personal assistant at your beck and call. Meet Amazon Echo Dot, your voice-activated sidekick. Ask Alexa to play your favorite tunes, answer questions, provide weather updates, and even control compatible smart home devices. With this charismatic companion, you’ll have a loyal friend who is always ready to lend a helping “voice.” My son and his family use theirs all the time. They’re not old. I think this is something that is becoming a mainstream device. I need one that can pick winning lotto numbers.

GPS Tracking Devices:

Stay adventurous while feeling secure with the invaluable peace of mind offered by the PocketFinder GPS Tracker. This nifty gadget keeps track of your location, ensuring you never lose your way. Whether you’re exploring a new city or going for a leisurely stroll, this device lets you wander confidently while loved ones can keep an eye on your well-being. Oh God, we have relied on GPS so much since we moved to New Athens. I confess I’ve used it in town to find places.

Digital Personal Assistants:

Say hello to your new digital confidante, the Google Nest Hub. This charming device brings convenience and companionship right into your home. Get the latest news, weather updates, recipes, and even voice-controlled reminders. With the Google Nest Hub, you’ll have a delightful assistant that’s always there to make your day a little brighter. We haven’t gotten one of these. We do have a Nest thermostat and Ring doorbell. As technology spreads more into our home this may be a required device just to manage everything.

Wearable Health and Fitness Trackers:

When I was at the doctor’s last, he suggested one of these. He wanted a report on my blood pressure. I am active and it keeps tabs on my health journey. I don’t have the Fitbit Inspire HR. I have noticed many people with them. I think it’s becoming a trendy item. This sleek and stylish wearable tracker monitors your heart rate, tracks your steps and calories burned, and even analyzes your sleep patterns. It’s like having a personal fitness coach on your wrist, empowering you to achieve your wellness goals.

Easy-to-Read E-Readers:

Unleash your inner bookworm with the Kindle Paperwhite, your gateway to a universe of captivating stories. Immerse yourself in a good book with adjustable font sizes, a glare-free display, and a lightweight design. With the Kindle Paperwhite, every page turn will transport you to another world of adventure and imagination. Interesting device, though I’m not a big reader and wonder if a tablet is a wiser investment.

Senior-Friendly Digital Cameras:

Capture cherished memories with the Kodak PIXPRO FZ43. This user-friendly digital camera boasts an easy-to-navigate interface and larger buttons, ensuring every shot is a masterpiece. Preserve precious moments easily and share them with loved ones nearby. Karen loves her camera. We have many pictures of family and places we’ve been to. Phones are becoming cameras with just about the same features. Unless you are really into photography I wonder if this is something most people need.

Adaptive TV Remote Controls:

Say goodbye to confusing remote controls and hello to simplicity with the Flipper Big Button Remote. This ingenious device features a streamlined design with large buttons, making channel surfing, adjusting volume, and accessing your favorite programs an effortless delight. Enjoy your favorite shows without the hassle of complicated controls. I like larger buttons for my fat fingers. Now if I can just find where I put it.

It’s your turn now

There you have it, my fellow retiree! These remarkable senior-friendly tech products are here to brighten your days, spark curiosity, and simplify your life. So, embark on this exciting tech journey with me and embrace the wonders that await. Get ready to thrive in the digital age like never before!

We hope you are enjoying these articles and are willing to continue to follow along as we move through the process of selling our house, buying a new house (to become our home), and the adventures of learning about life in southern Illinois, Bruce & Karen.